Composer Craig Shepard (photo courtesy Beth O’Brien)
Arts & Culture
Maggi Van DornJanuary 03, 2020
“Broken Silence” is more than a concert. It is a musical meditation that plunges straight to the heart of our collective trauma.
Faith The Good Word
Terrance KleinJanuary 03, 2020
We are never more ourselves than when we express ourselves.
Politics & Society News
"The recent anti-Semitic graffiti in north London brings shame to us all," said Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
Politics & Society News
Bishop Shane Mackinlay of Diocese of Sandhurst expressed concern about "the impact that fires have already had on communities and by the anxiety that the threat of fire is causing."
Arts & Culture Books
James M. ChesbroJanuary 03, 2020
In her fourth book, The Virgin of Prince Street: Expeditions Into Devotion, Sonja Livingston introduces herself as a “pilgrimess” returning to her childhood church in Rochester, N.Y., after not regularly attending Mass for 20 years.
Politics & Society News
Analysts say Soleimani was a "much more powerful figure" than former al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden
Pope Francis kisses a figurine of the baby Jesus at the start of Mass on the feast of Mary, Mother of God, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 1, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News Analysis
Kevin ClarkeJanuary 02, 2020
Perhaps predictably, Catholics who have come to view Pope Francis as a threat to the clarity of church teaching could only see the worst in the pope’s angry reaction to the grasping pilgrim.
Faith Faith in Focus
Joshua HrenJanuary 02, 2020
Regardless of where one stands on the death penalty, however, all Catholics must not lose sight of the souls on death row who await the judgment that state-enforced terminations will quicken.
Arts & Culture Books
Brianne JacobsJanuary 02, 2020
Richard Powers’s brilliant novel, ‘The Overstory,’ which won the the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a story about people who feel a kinship with all ecological life.
Politics & Society News
Bigoted messages have gone unchecked for years, said Rabbi Yisroel Kahan
Faith News
Ecological sin was discussed at length during Synod of Bishops for the Amazon in October
Politics & Society News
The frequency of attacks has faith leaders and law enforcement grappling with how to protect people when they are at their most vulnerable.
Politics & Society News
Catholic News ServiceJanuary 02, 2020
The announcement from Jeff Anderson & Associates included plans for the law firm to file suits in the Archdioceses of Los Angeles and San Francisco and the Dioceses of Fresno, Monterey, Orange, San Bernardino, Oakland, San Jose and Santa Rosa.
A woman pulls Pope Francis' hand as he greets people while walking to visit the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 31, 2019. At his Jan. 1 Angelus the pope apologized for the "bad example" he gave when he slapped this woman's hand. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith News
Pope Francis had slapped a pilgrim's hand in an incident that quickly went viral on Twitter. Departing from his prepared text the next day, he said that "love makes us patient. We often lose our patience; me, too, and I apologize for my bad example last night."
Arts & Culture Books
In Solid Seasons, Jeffrey S. Cramer explores the deep friendship between the two literary titans.
Faith Podcasts
Colleen DulleJanuary 01, 2020
For our New Year’s Day episode of "Inside the Vatican," the hosts look back at some of the biggest Vatican stories of 2019.
Faith The Good Word
Terrance KleinDecember 31, 2019

Can anyone adequately define what it means to be an alcoholic? Someone who regularly abuses alcohol is physically ill because of biological, even genetic, factors. And, like anyone suffering from a psychological pathology, an alcoholic’s free will is typically curtailed.

Arts & Culture Film
Haley StewartDecember 31, 2019
Little Women is having a bit of a moment.
Pope Francis I delivers his first blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected the 266th Roman Catholic pontiff. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News
Kevin ClarkeDecember 30, 2019
Well, at least 10 of them.
Faith Faith in Focus
James Martin, S.J.December 30, 2019
If you have time today, why not do an annual “examen”?